Anyone try the "New" Michelin S12 XC?
Posted June 16, 2009 - 08:07 AM
Anyone tried them yet?
My bike had the original S12's on it when I got it...Front looked almost new, back was about 50%.
Front is still on my bike, but I switched to the Maxxis Desert IT on the rear.
I liked the performance of the S12 better, but not enough to make up for the wear that the Desert IT gets.....and it's not that the Desert IT is "bad", just not as good in the soft wet stuff.....
Looking to see if the new XC version really does what they say as for wear...
From their web site:
Every aspect of MICHELIN® XC-series has been designed to maximize traction. Now a new rear rubber mixture improves durability by at least 25% compared with previous versions. Redesigned casing construction helps improve traction, feedback and feel, and speeds warm-up time. The new S12 XC™ tire is highly versatile and excels in a variety of terrain.
Reformulated rubber mixture improves durability by at least 25%, compared with previous MICHELIN® tires
Improved grip compared with previous MICHELIN® tires, thanks to new rear tread compound and changes in casing design
Redesigned tire structure incorporates an additional casing ply under the tread, which helps improve flexibility of the tread area. This in turn improves feedback, traction and warm-up time.
Thicker sidewalls in the bead area help increase lateral rigidity, further improving feedback and performance.
Proven, championship-winning tread designs remain unchanged from original M12™ tires
Aggressive shoulder knob design promotes cornering stability
Soft- to intermediate-condition tire for motocross or offroad
Tall, narrow knobs for mud penetration
Front knobs turned 45° for mud evacuation.
Posted June 22, 2009 - 12:58 PM
The S12 work better around here, but I bet I would go through 3 or 4 of them (the non XC version...)compared to one desert IT.....and I just can't justify/afford that...
Posted June 23, 2009 - 10:17 PM
Took them over some mud/clay & rocky terrain and they're only just starting to round the knobs after 80kms.
They're great and have plenty of grip but the only drawback seemed to be that they were unpredictable. Push it hard into a corner and they kept surprising me when they all the sudden let go.
Don't know if other people have shared a similar experience or not.
Posted June 28, 2009 - 08:43 PM